S24O, 82 mi, 138 ft/mi

Route credit: Heller, Klontz


Starting and ending at the enterance to the Great Smoky National Park, near Cataloochee, NC.


81.2 miles, 11,340 ft elevation gain, 138 ft/mi, 1 night (S24O).  Either direction suggested. Route is provided as clockwise direction. 


Gravel with paved road connectors. Preferred bike rank: Cyclocross, Rigid MTB, Hardtail, Full Suspension.

Beta: Three Things is a gravel loop traversing through the Great Smoky National Park, Cherokee National Forest, and Pisgah National Forest. The majority of miles are  gravel roads with a few back country paved roads connecting the loop. The route is full of steep climbs and fast descents with ample water sources to filter and two main re-supply locations on route; the town of Hartford, TN and Fines Creek Cafe.  Camping options include an established campground at Big Creek or Round Mountain Campground. Dispersed camping is also available at Max Patch giving panorama views of the surrounding mountains. When camping at Max Patch, you must walk your bike to the top as this is a hiking trail only (a short quarter mile hike).

The route below starts at the entrance to the Great Smoky NP with overnight parking (3 or 4 car max) outside the Park’s sign on the left side of the road (when facing the entrance). However, an alternative start location exists at Big Creek campground with parking at the Chestnut Branch Trailhead or the campground itself.



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